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    Question Which Version for A boat anchor?

    Hey everyone,

    I'm not much for posting as I find most of my answers from google and other posts, but, alas I have hit a snag.

    I am not much of a linux guru, so its hard to decide how to address my problem.

    I have an ancient laptop. One I want to give to my kid sister, she's 8. I don't want her running windows, for security reasons.

    It is an old compaq, 120 Mhz, 1.2 gb hdd, 32 or 64 megs of ram 1 meg video.

    I want her to be able to run a linux os, any recommendations for an os that will give her good driver support / speed, but not make her wait all day?

    I'd prefer debian based, but anything to save space.

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    Re: Which Version for A boat anchor?

    DSL would work well. You might be shaving it a bit close with Puppy.
    DSL is based on Debian. You can put real Debian on it, but you might have to forgo the X-server.
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    Re: Which Version for A boat anchor?

    Quote Originally Posted by inportb View Post
    DSL would work well. You might be shaving it a bit close with Puppy.
    DSL is based on Debian. You can put real Debian on it, but you might have to forgo the X-server.
    Is there any option with an X server, shes only 8. So console is not exactly her thing.

    you said DSL? would that allow an X interface?

    She probably won't need more than 50-100 megs free, for paintings and text and maybe a song or two.

    She mostly wants to go on the internet and play on webkins i think it is called.
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    Re: Which Version for A boat anchor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Divider View Post
    you said DSL? would that allow an X interface?
    Yes, it seems so. Check out their website.
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    Re: Which Version for A boat anchor?

    Quote Originally Posted by mali2297 View Post
    Yes, it seems so. Check out their website.
    Thanks,

    Slight problem, the interface works correctly, but it seems a bit complex for an 8 year old. And the Wifi Configuration is very confusing. Luckily though as I thought my old truemobile card required no additional drivers. So we are getting somewhere.

    I'm wondering if there is a program similar to wireless assistant i could put on the dsl machine?
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    Re: Which Version for A boat anchor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Divider View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I'm not much for posting as I find most of my answers from google and other posts, but, alas I have hit a snag.

    I am not much of a linux guru, so its hard to decide how to address my problem.

    I have an ancient laptop. One I want to give to my kid sister, she's 8. I don't want her running windows, for security reasons.

    It is an old compaq, 120 Mhz, 1.2 gb hdd, 32 or 64 megs of ram 1 meg video.

    I want her to be able to run a linux os, any recommendations for an os that will give her good driver support / speed, but not make her wait all day?

    I'd prefer debian based, but anything to save space.

    -Divider
    a computer with these specs has no use with todays internet. it's way under powered, no matter what operating system you use. i do however suggest a fresh install of windows 98se rather than any version of linux. if she does screw it up, in less than 30 minutes you can reinstall it. and i hope you've got a highspeed internet connection.

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    Re: Which Version for A boat anchor?

    Quote Originally Posted by oilchangeguy View Post
    a computer with these specs has no use with todays internet. it's way under powered, no matter what operating system you use. i do however suggest a fresh install of windows 98se rather than any version of linux. if she does screw it up, in less than 30 minutes you can reinstall it. and i hope you've got a highspeed internet connection.
    I strongly Disagree, But thanks for your input it is appreciated.

    As for me I have descided after looking at DSL and Puppy, that puppy runs better for the hardware. As well as it has a cute little interface that my little sis would absolutely love.

    Thanks for all your replies.
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